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Agrecovery Annual Report 2018-2019 standard

We are seeing real growth in our recycling programme, reflected in the record volumes of plastic we collected in the last year. As New Zealand’s peak rural recycling programme, we are proud of the results we achieve by working with our partners. This year's collection rates are up 43% from the year before and means that we are now recycling more than half of all containers sold. Adrienne Wilcock, Agrecovery Chair ANNUAL REPORT 2018-2019   ...

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Recycling reaches record volumes standard

Farmers and growers are proving their worth as good stewards of the land, by achieving record-breaking volumes of plastic recycling through the rural recycling programme, Agrecovery. The past year has seen a 43 percent increase in rural plastic coming back for recycling at Agrecovery’s sites, events and via on-farm pick-ups. The staggering 437 tonnes of plastic containers collected over the past year is now being given new life.  “This is a massive leap from the 320 tonnes collected the previous year,” says Agrecovery General Manager Simon Andrew. “The figures show that we are now recycling more than half of the agrichemical containers and drum plastic sold in the New Zealand market,” he says.  Those manufacturers who participate in the programme ...

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Recycling project helps clear rural waste standard

Each week, thousands of kiwi homes wheel or carry their rubbish to the kerbside for collection. For rural communities, managing refuse is not such an easy task. Generations of kiwi farmers have had to find their own ways of clearing non-natural waste. A 2013 study by Environment Canterbury claimed that farms were producing nearly 10 tonnes of waste a year. Empty containers and drums, silage wrap, fertiliser bags and motor oil are just some of the items left over from the business of farming. Finding an efficient and sustainable solution can be confusing and time-consuming for farmers and growers, especially with each waste stream having its own processes for recycling or safe disposal. To add to the challenge, the options ...

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What happens to the collected plastic standard

Our container programme provides a sustainable way to dispose of used agrichemical containers, which are then recycled into fully-compliant products right here in New Zealand. Long-time recycling partner, Astron Plastics in Auckland, converts all of our triple-rinsed containers into underground cable cover or building materials. The majority is made into covers for cables and pipes –  for electricity and gas. The rest is made into damp course – used to prevent damp rising in buildings. Astron Plastics Manager Steve Mead says “there is ongoing demand for these finished products” and is enthusiastic about being associated with the Agrecovery programme because “it has really sound environmental credentials and benefits”. The plastic is collected from over 90 sites and large-scale farms across ...

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Speech: Agrecovery Chair to South Island Agricultural Field Days standard

Agrecovery Chair Adrienne Wilcock on the NZ Rural Waste Minimisation Project launch Good morning and welcome.  It’s great to see you all here today.  I’d especially like to welcome Minister Eugenie Sage, our Associate Minister for the Environment for attending and we will hear from her shortly. As we are all aware, plastic waste has become a huge issue – not just in New Zealand – but worldwide. After years of the perceived convenience of plastic packaging, we have finally woken up to the mess mankind is making and now we face the challenge of how to avoid, reduce or ethically dispose of it. We’ve seen single-use plastic bags banned from supermarkets and the banning of scrap plastic imports to ...

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Rural recycling project will clear more waste from farms standard

A new project will support farmers by providing alternatives to the harmful disposal practices of burning, burying and stock-piling of waste. The Associate Minister for the Environment Eugenie Sage announced the launch of the New Zealand Rural Waste Minimisation Project at the South Island Agricultural Field Days in Kirwee today. Rural recycling programme Agrecovery will implement the Project by offering nationwide events for farmers to sustainably dispose of waste all in one go. This will clear agrichemical and motor oil containers, unwanted agrichemicals, used motor oil, fertiliser bags and silage wrap. “By providing a ‘one-stop-shop approach’, we will be removing barriers to recycling and encouraging our rural communities to participate in sustainable disposal practices for a variety of waste,” says ...

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We turn plastic waste into something useful standard

Making plastic waste useful again by collaborating with industry partners is the driving force behind a rural recycling programme’s success. In the last year, Agrecovery recovered and recycled 308 tonnes of plastic that might otherwise be burnt, buried or dumped – “that is enough solid plastic to fill a rugby field six feet high”, says the programme’s general manager, Simon Andrew. The plastic is repurposed into underground utility coverings and building materials right here in New Zealand. Astron Plastics in Auckland takes the shredded plastic from Agrecovery and makes it into useful products again. “It’s an example of how manufacturers, industry and consumers can work together to reduce the harmful impacts of plastic waste in our environment,” says Andrew. Since ...

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Agrecovery Annual Report 2017-2018 standard

The Agrecovery Foundation has issued their Annual Report for 2017-2018. As New Zealand’s peak rural recycling programme, we are proud of the results we achieve by working with our partners. These collective efforts allow sustained growth in the recovery of agrichemicals and their packaging. Our results show continued success in supporting farmers and growers to clear more waste than ever before. Adrienne Wilcock, Agrecovery Chair ANNUAL REPORT 2017-18   ...

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Geraldine event clears eight tonnes of rural waste image

South Canterbury farmers safely disposed of eight tonnes of waste at an inaugural one-stop recycling and recovery event in Geraldine on May 31, and are pushing for more action to sustainably clear waste from rural communities. In efforts to avoid harmful disposal practices such as burning, burying or storing, rural recycling programme Agrecovery partnered with Plasback to deliver these one-stop-shop recycling events. They are part of the New Zealand Rural Waste Minimisation Project led by Environment Canterbury, with support from the Ministry for the Environment – trialling new ways of supporting farmers and growers to recycle inorganic waste. More than fifty local farmers brought two tonnes of agrichemical containers and drums; one and a half tonnes of agrichemicals; three tonnes ...

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Well done Waikato standard

Waikato farmers safely disposed of six tonnes of waste at an inaugural one-stop recycling and recovery event in Matamata on May 25, and are pushing for more action to sustainably clear waste from our rural communities. In efforts to avoid harmful disposal practices such as burning, burying or storing, rural recycling programme Agrecovery partnered with Plasback to deliver one-stop shop recycling events. They are part of the New Zealand Rural Waste Minimisation project led by Environment Canterbury, with support from the Ministry for the Environment – trialling new ways of supporting farmers and growers to recycle inorganic waste. More than fifty local farmers brought two tonnes of empty agrichemical containers and drums; over two tonnes of used motor oil and ...

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